It’s often said that defense can win games, and it looks like the Seattle Seahawks took that assumption to an extreme today. The Seahawks had a good matchup against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, a team plagued with inconsistencies. Seattle made them look really bad. New York was unable to score, generating nothing offensively and in the end, the Seahawks cruised to a 23-0 win at the MetLife Stadium.
The Seahawks were absolutely dominant today, putting constant pressure on Manning and forcing lots of plays. Seattle’s defensive line completed five interceptions and four sacks against a Giants team that lost Victor Cruz in the third quarter, something that only decreased the team’s chances. Manning was his usual self (18-of-31, 156 yards, five INT) and New York’s offense had no chance against one of the NFL’s best defensive units.
Seattle didn’t need much on offense based on their defensive output, but players like Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch found ways to produce to secure Seattle’s win. Wilson threw for 206 yards and a TD, while also rushing for 50 yards in eight carries. As for Lynch, he was surprisingly the team’s leading receiver with 73 yards in six targets, and also added 47 rushing yards and a score.
This dominant performance could easily be used as a reminder from the Seahawks to the rest of the league. Seattle’s has been highly praised for their offense this year, but if their secondary can carry this momentum to the postseason, they will be the most dangerous team in the league when it matters the most.